If you have not gone to dine out during restaurant week, you still have time until Sunday. I have tried Mercat a la Planxa's lunch/brunch menu last Sunday and it was delicious six courses for $22 a person. Also, Cafe Ba Ba Reeba's dinner menu has five courses on it and one of them is a paella. Their menu is $33 a person and you can share it with someone else, just like I did with my husband. There are lots of restaurants still available and you can make your reservations on opentable that is easy and free. Here are some additional events this weekend brings your way in Chicago including Brazilian Carnival celebration.
Friday, February 8th:
- Think Pink, Bright Pink is an event featuring food, drinks, and entertainment to benefit Bright Pink's early detection of breast and ovarian cancer prevention programs. The event will take place at the River East Art Center from 7pm to midnight. Tickets cost $95 a person and they also include cover to the after party at Lizzie McNeil's bar which is nearby the River East Art Center.
- Celebrate music from around the world at the University of Chicago this weekend. Tickets tonight or Saturday are $25, Sunday are $20, and a weekend pass is $55. Enjoy evening concerts at this Folk Festival taking place at Mandell Hall.
Saturday, February 9th:
- There will be a very cool indoor cycling event that will raise money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This is the fourth year, Cycle for Survival will go on in Chicago. Teams of up to 8 riders can sign up and raise money to bike for a 4 hour period at two different times: 10am to 2pm or 3pm to 7pm. The event also includes complimentary fitness classes, massages, and children's activities. Cycling for Survival will take place at Equinox located 200 West Monroe Street.
- The 24th Annual Awards Show will be televised and go live in Hollywood's red carpet, and Chicago Film Critics Association will also host its own 24th Annual Awards Show at 7:30pm at he Muvico Theater in Rosemont. Receiving the award for Comedia Extraordinaire is actress Jane Lynch, and a student from Columbia College will receive the inaugural Emerging Film Makers Award. Tickets to the events range from $100 to $150.
- Snow trek at Northerly Island featuring snow shoeing and cross country skiing. All ages are welcome. Please note there must be at least 3 inches of snow at Northerly Island to provide equipment rentals and they are on a first come basis. Equipment rental is $5 for two hours.
- Celebrate Samba and dancing tonigh at Logan Square Auditorium's Brazilian Carnival Party. Music starts at 10pm and doors open at 9pm. The carnival is beautiful and I am sure you will have an amazing time. I have gone twice to the carnival party and it is delicious. There is an 18 or older to enter age limit, and 21 and older to drink alcohol. Seats are limited and reservations are recommended. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance or $20 at the door. The party will go on until 3am. There will be a costume contest and prizes, so if you want to win, wear your best costume. There is free street parking and/or at the Popular Bank's parking lot. There will be a show from Samba 1 Dance Group and they will wear their carnival costumes from Rio de Janeiro. Caipirinha specials will be $5 at the bar. Edilson Lima will be the dance instructor teaching Samba during music break. He is a great upbeat instructor and person. I have taken samba classes with him and he is amazing.
Sunday, February 10th:
- Celebrate each other's company by making your own wine at The Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile from 3pm to 6pm. The event includes dinner as well. You will get to make 6 gallons vat of wine which is 25 to 30 bottles. At the end of the day you will take home a set of engraved wine glasses and be invited back for a special bottling session.Tickets are $199 plus cost of supplies and varietal juice. If interested, contact the hotel at 773-233-7579.
- See and hear the joy of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Symphony Center featuring the 2013 season. Tonight, Angela Hewitt will play SCP Piano Series at 3pm. Tickets range from $26 to $47.